8 Beauty Products I'm Saying Bye to Because Fall Will Be Here in 5 Seconds


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Is it just me, or are the final days of summer slipping by faster than usual? As a beauty editor, my spidey senses start tingling at the onset of any seasonal shift because it signals the need to purge my vanity of any products that no longer serve my makeup, skincare, and bodycare needs in exchange for ones that will ride with me in the months to come. But the transition from summer to fall is probably the most drastic course correction I make all year since environmental conditions make the most dramatic leap from hot and balmy to cold and dry.

With fall on the horizon, there's more to consider than which cozy layers we'll add to our wardrobes. We have to start thinking about which swaps we'll be making in our beauty wardrobes, too. Cooler temperatures mean the oil-sopping ingredients we held close all summer will take a back seat to ultra-hydrating formulas that will support us through snowstorms (I've heard from my colleagues in New York that those are a thing), hot showers, and an overall dip in moisture in the air. This time can bring on some major dry-skin woes, but with the right fall beauty products in tow, we can get through it looking and feeling moisturized and unbothered.

Ahead, check out the eight beauty products I'll be packing away with my swimsuits and sandals and the eight fall-ready picks I'm boosting to the top of my routine.


Adding: Luminous Foundations

Booting: BB Creams


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F is for fall… and full coverage. Summertime always feels like the perfect season to let our skin shine through sheer formulas, but as the weather cools, I tend to start leaning into more-corrective makeup to help smooth out my complexion. Since we're moving out of vacation season, luminous foundations that offer that lit-from-within glow are just perfect for looking glowy, not greasy. 

Adding: Shiny Lip Glosses

Booting: Diffused Lip Colors


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I'm a lip-gloss lover year round, but once fall hits I'm always ready to amp it up in the color department. A muted, diffused finish is cute for summer, but it's all about vinylic shine and high-impact color once we hit the -ber months. 

Adding: Lip Liners

Booting: Colorful Eyeliners


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Don't get me wrong, I love colorful eyeliner. It's so fun and really adds a lot to a look. That said, fall is the time when richer lip colors come out to play, so eyeliner needs to stay a little more neutral so it doesn't compete. Lip liner can help to create a more polished and precise lip, especially when working with a bold color.

Adding: Shimmery Eye Shadows

Booting: Beaming Highlighters


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There isn't anything I love more than a popping highlight. During the summer, I go all out with it since a near-florescent jolt across my cheekbones gels super well with dewy, glossy makeup. But as the leaves change, I like to turn down the dial on my highlighter from a 10 to a nice little five. To compensate, I start adding way more shimmer onto my eyelids. It can create such a nice contrast with matte lips, or even glossy ones.


Adding: Sleeping Masks

Booting: Foaming Cleansers


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Hydration is the name of the game this season. In addition to skipping harsh cleansers that strip too many natural oils out of my skin, I'll be slathering on more overnight hydrating masks to cocoon my skin in nourishing and reparative ingredients while I sleep.

Adding: Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients

Booting: Anti-Aging Ingredients


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Okay so, I'm not doing away with all my skincare picks tailored to achieving my baby-smooth skin goals. But as the season turns and moisture in the air begins to drop, I'm hyper-focused on keeping inflammation caused by severe dryness at bay. After all, inflammation on the face (and body) can cause a whole host of problems such as itching, swelling, breakouts, and more.

Adding: Full-Body Exfoliators

Booting: Stripping Bodywashes


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Over-exfoliation is certainly a concern once dry-skin season creeps in, but that doesn't mean I'll be shying away from the full-body exfoliators that keep my skin smooth, glowy, and primed to absorb all my favorite moisturizers.

Adding: Spicy Scents

Booting: Fruity Scents


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Capturing the aroma of spooky season always involves a dismissal of the light, fruity notes of summer and the embrace of sensual, spicy smells that mingle so beautifully with the crisp fall air. Fragrance inhabits a top spot on my beauty checklist these days, so I'm putting a lot of emphasis on transitioning my scent wardrobe to meet the mood of the new season.

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.